Your makeup and skin care products are supposed to make you look prettier. You’re not doing any favour to your skin and your pretty face if your beauty products cause breakouts and irritations, not to mention the sub-dermal damages it could also cause.
So, how do you check if any of your cosmetics break you out? How will you determine which products to keep and which products to throw away? Here are the cues to check out.
- Expiration Date
This is the most obvious information you need to know when a product no longer works on you. For foundations and lipsticks, the shelf life symbol (3m, 6m, 12m, etc. with ‘m’ indicating months) is often found on the packaging. When a cosmetic has reached its shelf life, the colour pay off and the formulation change, and you might experience skin irritation and breakouts when you use them.
- Changes in the Product
As mentioned, formulation and colour pay off are some of the obvious signs of a bad product. Likewise, the feel and the smell also give clues that a product is no longer at its best formulation. If your mascara smells weird or looks too sticky, it’s time to throw them away. You need to be very careful with anything you put on the sensitive skin of your face, especially products you apply very close to the eyes.
Dry products, including powders, usually have longer shelf life than liquids. This is likely because liquid products have more contact with the fingers along with a whole host of germs than dry products. It is a scientific fact that germs thrive and multiply faster in moist environments, which explains why foundations and mascaras have shorter shelf life than your pressed powders.
Natural products don’t usually contain preservatives, like paraben. Paraben is a common and an important cosmetic ingredient that prevents bacteria and moulds from developing in the product. If you choose to go natural or organic with your cosmetics, be mindful that these products will breed germs and bacteria faster than those with paraben.
- Your Own Judgment
When it comes to the effectiveness of your beauty products, trust your own judgment. Even if a product hasn’t reached its expiration yet, notice the texture, smell, and look of the product. If anything seems odd, say the smell is too pungent, it’s better to throw the product away. Plastering germs and bacteria on your face isn’t worth the risk.
Your skin deserves the right TLC. Therefore, make sure your cosmetics and toiletries are at their best condition before using them on your beautiful skin.